‘Ex-lover killed my son to hurt me’

School­boy’s dad tells of threat


THANDAZA Mankayi, the fa­ther of one of the two boys al­legedly mur­dered by his ex-girl­friend, yes­ter­day rushed from the scene where his son’s de­com­posed body was found, to the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court to con­front her.

But he ar­rived just af­ter Amahle Bongiwe Maliwa, 28, had ap­peared in court faced with two counts each of mur­der, kid­nap­ping and as­sault with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Best friends Luyanda Msomi and Njab­ulo Mankayi, both aged 10, were Grade 3 pupils at Clair­wood Boys’ Pri­mary school. They were re­ported miss­ing when they failed to re­turn home from school last Thurs­day.

Mem­bers of the K9 unit and the SAPS search and res­cue unit searched for them, first find­ing the body of Luyanda in the thick bushes near Clair­wood rail­way sta­tion on Satur­day. Njab­ulo’s body was re­cov­ered from a cul­vert yes­ter­day.

Mankayi, who is mar­ried, said in an in­ter­view with the Daily News out­side court yes­ter­day that he had been in a re­la­tion­ship with Maliwa for the past three years and that their re­la­tion­ship broke down about four weeks ago.

He said they had a quar­rel over money and about her dis­re­spect­ing his wife. “When I broke up with her, she did not take it well,” he said.

Mankayi said al­though Maliwa’s four chil­dren were not his, he used to give her R1 000 a month.

How­ever, be­cause of fi­nan­cial prob­lems he could not give her money last month. He claimed that she threat­ened to do some­thing to hurt him.

He said he was so an­gry af­ter he iden­ti­fied his son’s body, that he wanted to con­front Maliwa.

“I wanted to ask her why she killed my son and his best friend. But most im­por­tantly, I wanted to tell her that what she did to the chil­dren was un­for­giv­able,” Mankayi said.

He could not be­lieve the bru­tal­ity in­flicted on his son by some­body who was sup­posed to be like a mother to him. “I be­lieve she did what she did to get back at me for break­ing up with her,” he said.

Mankayi said the body of his son was found with bruises to the head, which in­di­cated that he had been beaten up.

“My son was still wear­ing his full school uni­form, with his shoes and socks still on.”

It is al­leged that Luyanda had wit­nessed Njab­ulo’s mur­der and was killed to si­lence him.

Them­binkosi Mal­iti, 37, Luyanda’s dis­traught fa­ther, who was also in court yester- day, said he had dropped the boys at school at about 6.30am on Thurs­day.

“They were sup­posed to take pub­lic trans­port back home that af­ter­noon as usual. But when they did not come home, I was wor­ried. On Fri­day I, along with the fam­ily of Njab­ulo, opened a miss­ing per­son’s case,” he said.

“When my son was found dead, we started putting pieces of in­for­ma­tion to­gether and it be­came clear who the sus­pect was,” he said.

Maliwa was taken for ques­tion­ing on Satur­day and de­tained. An­other woman and a Malaw­ian tra­di­tional healer were also ar­rested and were ex­pected to ap­pear in court today.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who packed the court­room yes­ter­day said Maliwa should be locked away in jail for the rest of her life. She is ex­pected back in court next Mon­day.

Daily News re­porter Zainul Da­wood writes that fu­ri­ous res­i­dents at Khayelit­sha in­for­mal set­tle­ment in Horse Shoe Road, Clair­wood, where Mal­ima lived, vented their frus­tra­tion by loot­ing her home on Fri­day.

When he vis­ited the house, her be­long­ings were strewn inside and out­side. Res­i­dents also smashed two win­dows and gouged a hole into the as­bestos wall. They protested out­side the court yes­ter­day.


Them­binkosi Mal­iti, left, and Thandaza Mankayi, right, the fa­thers of the two 10-year-old mur­dered boys, are com­forted by ANC Ward 33 coun­cil­lor Sya Njok­weni out­side the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.


Amahle Bongiwe Maliwa in the dock of the Dur­ban Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

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